Were you recently involved in a Boston auto accident? If so, your incident may be included in a local accident report. Believe it or not, many attorneys will review these reports in order to solicit new “business.” As you can imagine, this is not the type of attorney that you want to work with. While there is nothing illegal about drumming up business via direct solicitation, most feel that it is unethical in many ways. It can also depersonalize the process.
What Are Your Rights and Obligations Once Contacted?
There is nothing you can do to stop these attorneys from contacting you via telephone or snail mail. That being said, you have no obligation to respond. In fact, you have a right to ignore them. You also have a right to pursue your own legal representation, if you need it. If you did experience injuries due to someone’s negligence, then you might consider a lawyer.
How to Find a Reputable Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident and need to hire an attorney, you can find your own help through a variety of methods – such as an online search or referral. But, you want to ensure that they have the knowledge and experience needed to represent you. Consider the following when choosing a lawyer:
- Areas of specialization: Different lawyers have different areas of specialization. If you were injured in a car accident, for example, you need a lawyer that is familiar with personal injury lawsuits. If you are dealing with a frustrating workers’ compensation case, then you need a lawyer with this type of experience.
- Reputation: You can learn a lot about a lawyer from their reputation. Consider previous clients, as well as prior cases that the lawyer has represented. What do their previous clients say about them? Do they have access to client recommendations, or are they willing to provide them to you?
- Method of communication: Some lawyers may maintain good communication with you throughout the process, while others are harder to reach. You deserve a lawyer that will answer all your questions and be there when you need them.
- Legal fees: While lawyer fees can vary, the biggest thing to pay attention to is if they charge any upfront fees. This can be expensive if you end up having to pay for an injury and still have to pay legal fees, even if you lose. You also want to find out if they charge for an initial consultation so can be prepared.
In short, you don’t need to rely on somebody who has come to you in an attempt to sell you on their services. It is difficult enough to deal with a car accident and subsequent injuries. The last thing you need is attorneys clamoring over your case. If you need to hire a Boston auto accident attorney, do your own homework to ensure yourself of making the right decision.
We encourage you to reach out to us and ask our lawyers any questions that you might have about the process. We are transparent and we aim to help our clients out in any way possible.